On February 3rd, 1809 the Illinois Territory is created. It will go on to be the 21st state to join the United States, located in the former Northwest Territory. Its name was given by the state's French explorers after the indigenous Illiniwek people, a consortium of Algonquin tribes that thrived in the area. The word Illiniwek means simply "the people."
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On this date in history:
In 1861, Georgia seceded from the Union and joined the Confederacy.
In 1920, threats against the life of Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer, because of his activities in ...Read More
Those born on this date include:
- Scottish engineer James Watt, inventor of the steam engine, in 1736
- Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in 1807
- American short story writer/poet Edgar Allan Poe in ...Read More
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The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Neptune and Uranus.
On January 19th, 1419, Rouen surrendered to Henry V during the Hundred Years' War.
A thought for the day: Don't compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself. -- Bill Gates